Spindrift 12 sailboat

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Project by Greg Luckett posted 03-27-2011 10:30 PM 9284 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plan set comes from B&B in N.Carolina. This boat was built from the lofting to the final fit out, only buying the sails made elsewhere. This is my 6th boat built from scratch. It took about 2 years, most of the work being 3 months last year. It is a stitch & glue design, using Okume marine plywood, and lumbers locally harvested: White Oak, Sassafras, and Walnut.

-- Greg Luckett, Great Lakes Wood Arts

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 10:57 PM

That is a great looking boat everyone should have a lot of fun in that

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 08:28 AM

Great job Greg.

Sailing time now.


-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 03:33 PM


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#4 posted 03-28-2011 05:15 PM

Nice boat. Looks like you’re hooked on boat building like I am. How much does it weigh?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 12:46 AM

Thanks all. I appreciate the compliments.
Alex, I have not actually weighed the boat, but it is probably about 150 Lbs, at most, not counting the gear, outboard, spars, and sails.

-- Greg Luckett, Great Lakes Wood Arts

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 01:11 AM

I love these stitch and glue boats. I have sifted through the forums at a few times and hope to make a boat when I retire. They say you can buy a used boat for less than it would cost to build your own (I think that is debatable) but there is nothing like making something with your own hands.

I mean that’s why I make my own side tables instead of picking up some lean-to ones at Ikea or Target.

This one is a beauty. I love it when a builder leaves some wood elements showing that add that extra hand crafted look.

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 01:14 AM

Just out of curiosity which epoxy and what paint did you use?

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Greg Luckett

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 01:42 AM

My first boat was a Bateau PK7. My next two boats were Bolger Nymphs, then a Stevenson Amphora, and a lapstrak lobster boat from an unknown (by me) designer, then this Spindrift. I have found that I like the B&B designs and plan sets a lot better. I have a plan set for their Princess Sharpie 26, but I doubt I will ever build that one. You can look at them at

I use West Systems epoxy, and a variety of different brands of paints. On the hulls and high wear areas I always use two part paint anymore. I use spar varnish for the parts finished bright.

What you have not seen yet are the seahorse and dolphin carvings in the c/b trunk. I will have more hand carvings on my next boat.

-- Greg Luckett, Great Lakes Wood Arts

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#9 posted 05-05-2011 07:24 PM

Good looking Spindrift, I like the daggerboard detail, and the color looks great. B&B has some great plans, I am hoping to start on a Core Sound 17 in the next few months.

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 07:27 PM

Great job, thanks for posting!

-- Fred, Georgia

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 07:42 PM

great build. nice to see something like that that can be built in the shop and taken out to the water

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 10-13-2011 08:39 PM

What a beautiful boat. Congratulations, Greg. I have always wanted to build at least one boat ever since I can remember but now at 61 I’m thinking I want ever get it done when taking all the other ambitions and hopes into consideration. Time has a way of catching up with a man.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-13-2011 08:53 PM

Thanks to each and all. The compliments are much appreciated.
I am hoping to begin construction of a 26 foot cat/ketch rigged boat, the Princess Sharpie 26, from B&B. I have been sitting on the plan set for about 5 years now. Just need to scrape up the money. I am 60 and this would be a nice boat for my retirement.

-- Greg Luckett, Great Lakes Wood Arts

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